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District 2 Update – July 2019

The city is having a quiet month as council is on recess and the summer is in full swing. During the summer months it is clear to see why this area is known as the Valley of the Sun. The sun wakes us up in the morning and puts us to bed at night. We have intense heat from the summer sun that radiates down to bring even our sidewalks to extreme temperatures! The sun damages and fades a multitude of objects and our skin is no exception.

I’m sure you all know the hazards of UV rays, but as a friendly reminder, sun safety is important. One simple measure to reduce the risk of over exposure to the sun is limiting your time in the sun, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wearing clothing to cover the skin as well as hats and sunglasses is another effective way of protection. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), clothing made from tightly woven fabric offers the best protection. Dry and dark clothing also offers more protection than wet or light colored clothing. A typical T-shirt has an SPF rating of lower than 15, so please use other types of sun protection as well. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends using a sunscreen with a SPF of 15 or higher to protect against UVA and UVB rays. They also suggest to use sunscreen daily and reapply every two hours of being in the sun.

The summer also brings many heat-related illnesses to our area. Heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps and heat rashes are just a few. These are caused by a body’s inability to cool down properly. The body normally cools by sweating, but sometimes sweating isn’t enough. These illnesses are preventable if you stay in an air-conditioned area during the hottest days, wear light and loose fitting clothing, drink water as often as possible, avoid unnecessary hard work outside, and avoid unnecessary sun exposure.

Avoid walking around barefoot and also be careful when touching door handles and other metal objects as they heat up very quickly. This summer, while you are enjoying outdoor activities, I urge you to take proper sun safety precautions and always have water close by.

4th of July

The City of Surprise will be hosting its 36th Annual 4th of July Celebration on Thursday, July 4 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. The festivities will take place at Mark Coronado Park, 15850 N Bullard Ave, as the Surprise Stadium will be undergoing renovations. This is a free event that will feature live music, food trucks, games, contests and more. The gates will open at 5:30 p.m. with the fireworks display at 8:40 p.m. Bring your chairs and blankets and celebrate Independence Day with the city.

Friendly Reminders

Sun City Grand residents are urged to obey traffic laws and restrictions. Please be mindful of your surroundings to help ensure a safe neighborhood!

I would like to invite all of my residents to attend one of my monthly chats. I meet the second Wednesday of each month from 3:00-4:00 p.m. in the Arizona Traditions Classroom. Please ask the gate guard for directions upon arrival. Additionally, I meet the fourth Tuesday of each month in the Sun City Grand Palm Center-Mediterranean Room (19726 N. Remington Dr.) at 10:00 a.m. Please stop by and hear about what’s going on in the city and discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

District 2 Update – June 2019

Pets traveling with their owners to run daily errands have become the normal routine for many residents. Dogs typically love car rides and are absolutely adorable hanging their heads out of the window for the feel of fresh air on their faces. However, if you cannot bring your fur baby into the store or restaurant with you, please leave them at home during the summer! Heading into the grocery store for a quick item or running into the pharmacy might not take a significant amount of time; however, the intense summer temperatures make a vehicle an extremely dangerous place.

On a regular 100-degree day, it takes less than one hour for a dashboard to heat up to 157 degrees, a steering wheel to reach 127 degrees or the seats climb to 123 degrees. A few minutes is all it takes for a pet or child to die of heat stroke. According to the National Safety Council (NFC) a reported 52 child deaths occurred by being left in a hot car in 2018.

Unfortunately, in many of hot car deaths, the driver simply forgot there was a passenger in the backseat. One tip that has been shared is to place a significant item in the front seat of the car to remind you of precious cargo in the back.

There is a Good Samaritan Law in Arizona that protects any individual who enters an unattended motor vehicle to remove a child or domestic animal from civil liability if a good faith belief exists that the child or pet is in imminent danger, injury or death. The law also requires the person to notify law enforcement or emergency medical personnel before entering the vehicle and to stay with the child or pet until authorities arrive.

Asphalt becomes just as dangerous for our pets. Being too close to the heat radiating off the ground can cause a dog’s body to heat up very quickly causing heat stroke as well as burning or damaging their paws. Pets should be walked early in the morning to avoid the direct sun.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has an abundance of helpful tips on pets and the summer heat. It is just as important to watch your pets around pools. Not all dogs are good swimmers and, just as with children, pools can be very dangerous.

Friendly Reminder

Concerns regarding the driving in Sun City Grand have recently been brought to my attention. Sun City Grand residents are urged to obey traffic laws and restrictions. Please be mindful of your surroundings to help ensure a safe neighborhood!

As always, I invite you to join me at one of my monthly meetings. I meet the second Wednesday of each month from 3 – 4 p.m. in the Arizona Traditions Classroom. Please ask the gate guard for directions upon arrival. Additionally, I meet the fourth Tuesday of each month in the Sun City Grand Palm Center – Mediterranean Room (19726 N. Remington Dr.) at 10 a.m. Please stop by and chat with me about what’s going on in the city!

District 2 Update – May 2019

Welcome to May! Summer will officially begin next month; however, we are already feeling the heat. During the summer months, water conservation is extremely important. Residents fear that we are running out of water when, in fact, the Southwest region of the United States has been in a drought for over 15 years.

While Arizona has managed the use of its water exceptionally well, one of the state’s water sources, the Colorado River, continues to produce less water. Whether or not these reduced levels are a snapshot in time or the new normal, the water from the Colorado has to be managed and preserved.

In late January, the State of Arizona approved the Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan (DCP). The DCP is a set of agreements designed to protect the Colorado River system through voluntary reductions and increased conservation. While DCP is not a permanent solution, when combined with Arizona’s innovative water management programs, conservation and collaborative long-term planning, Arizona will continue to enjoy reliable water supplies.

Water conservation is a priority of Epcor, as they are the largest private water utility in Arizona. Epcor carefully monitors and makes necessary repairs to their systems to ensure water is not wasted. Proper water management will help conserve water and save money. Epcor has recently signed an agreement with the Maricopa Water District that will add up to 5.87 billion gallons of renewable water supplies to their portfolio. This will strengthen the supply of surface and groundwater that can be offered to customers.

The City of Surprise is also dedicated to teaching water conservation to ensure residents have proper education on ways to use water wisely.

Please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/134/Water-Conservation for an array of water saving ideas, water saving plants, landscape watering guidelines and much more.

Friendly Reminders:

Recently, many concerns have been brought to my attention in regards to the driving in Sun City Grand. Sun City Grand residents are urged to obey traffic laws and restrictions. Please be mindful of your surroundings to help ensure a safe neighborhood!

City Hall will be CLOSED on May 27 in Observance of Memorial Day.

As always, I invite you to join me at one of my monthly meetings. I meet the second Wednesday of each month from 3 – 4 p.m. in the Arizona Traditions Classroom. Please ask the gate guard for directions upon arrival. Additionally, I meet the fourth Tuesday of each month in the Sun City Grand Palm Center – Mediterranean Room (19726 N. Remington Dr.) at 10 a.m. Please stop by and chat with me about what’s going on in the city!

District 2 Update – March 2019

It’s March here in Surprise and you know what that means – Spring Training is here! City Council is excited to welcome back the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals as they kick off their season, and what better place to do so than at the number one Cactus League facility?

The 2019 Spring Training season runs through March 24, and tickets range anywhere from $8 to $45, depending on what section you choose. The box office is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., and Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. until the end of the season. Alternatively, tickets may be purchased on www.SurpriseStadium.com or by phone at 623-222-2222.

Surprise Fire Medical Station 303, located at 15440 N Cotton Lane, will be holding an open house on March 2 from 9 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Please come out and meet the firefighters and enjoy the tour and treats. For more information, please call 623-222-5000.

Start your morning off right by having Coffee with a Cop. This is an opportunity for residents to meet staff from Surprise Police Department in a neutral space to discuss community issues and build relationships. The event will be held on Thursday, March 14 at 19116 N Colonnade Way.

On March 27, the Arizona Broadway Theatre performs Mama Mia at the West Valley Arts HQ, the show time is 12:00 p.m. Tickets are $11.95 which can be reserved by calling 623-584-2626.

Mayor Skip Hall will be hosting the annual State of the City address with a celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the opening of our current City Hall. The event takes place Thursday, March 28 at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. Following a video presentation, please join us in the outside courtyard of City Hall from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. for food, entertainment, games, a showcase of the city’s programs and services, and more! I look forward to seeing you there. City Hall is located at 16000 N Civic Center Plaza.

Finally, I invite you to join me at my monthly meetings to discuss what’s important to you in Surprise. I hold two meetings each month – the second Wednesday from 3-4 p.m. in the Arizona Traditions Classroom (17221 N. Citrus Rd. – please ask the gate guard for directions upon arrival), and the fourth Tuesday from 10 – 11 a.m. in the Sun City Grand Palm Center – Mediterranean Room (19726 N. Remington Dr.). Stop by and chat with me about what’s going on in the city!

District 2 Update – February 2019

As warmer weather approaches, we now have the opportunity to step outside and enjoy the beauty that Surprise has to offer. However, no spring season would be complete without taking in a Spring Training game! We are fortunate to live in a city that has a top-tier Spring Training facility. Just last year, USA Today ranked Surprise Stadium as the number one Cactus League facility in all of Arizona, citing the food offerings, family friendliness, and fan experience as top-ranking factors. The park also topped the list for all 23 Arizona and Florida facilities combined in the categories of facility and fan experience! If you have the opportunity, come see for yourself why we are number one!

Spring Training this year runs February 23rd through March 24th, and tickets range anywhere from $8 to $45, depending on what section you choose to view the game from. The box office will be open for the following hours:

  • January 7th – February 9th
    Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • February 10th – March 24th
    Monday-Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Sunday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

*On game days, the box office will stay open until a half hour after the game ends.

Alternatively, tickets may be purchased on SurpriseStadium.com or over the phone by calling (623) 222-2222.

Besides Spring Training, the City offers a number of wonderful events for the whole family to enjoy. Here is a sampling:

Fire Station Open House

February 2nd, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Fire Station 305, 15517 N. Parkview Pl. February 16th, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Fire Station 306, 16645 W. Clearview Blvd.

The Surprise Fire-Medical Department is holding an open house at City Fire Station 305, 15517 N. Parkview Pl., and Fire Station 306, 16645 W. Clearview Blvd. Residents can come out and meet the firefighters, check out the living and eating quarters, walk through the bays and see the fire trucks! Attendees will also get a look at the medical equipment, firefighting gear and tools used on emergency calls.

For more information, please call the Surprise Fire-Medical Department administration line at 623.222.5000.

Sunday in the Park – February 10th, 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Mark Coronado Park

Bring the whole family to enjoy live music by Jeff Gordon and a selection of food trucks. The best part is that admission is free! Get more info at www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents

Lunchtime Theater – West Valley Symphony Jam Session – February 21st, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Arts HQ

Maestro Cal Stewart Kellogg’s Jazz Quartet from the West Valley Symphony plays old and new favorites!

For reservations call 623.584.2626

Sunset Theater – Los Tres Tenores – February 23rd, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at NW Regional Library

An exciting program featuring Italian Neapolitan favorites, Mariachi greats, Broadway ballads, and more!

For reservations call 623.584.2626

Lunch & Learn: Social Media for Small Business – February 28th, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at AZ TechCelerator

Is your business on social media? While some businesses dabble in one or two channels, most are not doing it very effectively nor targeting the right audience. Understanding the right media is key to a successful social media campaign. Join us for an information session covering some of the top social media channels, their strengths and weaknesses, and how to utilize them effectively to attract and retain clients.

For reservations call (623) 222-3322.

Please note that City offices will be closed Monday, February 18th in observance of Presidents’ Day.

As always, I invite you to join me at my monthly meetings. I have changed the time and location of the meetings I hold on the Second Wednesday of each month. They will now be held 3-4 p.m. in the Arizona Traditions Classroom. Please ask the gate guard for directions upon arrival. My fourth Tuesday meetings will continue to be held at 10:00 a.m. in the Sun City Grand Palm Center – Mediterranean Room (19726 N. Remington Dr.). Stop by and chat with me about what’s going on in the city!

District 2 Update – January 2019

As many of you are probably aware, 2018 brought about many changes to the City of Surprise, including new leadership in our Mayor, Skip Hall, and our City Manager, Michael Frazier. Both have been with the city for a number of years and have helped pave the way for many of the changes we will be seeing over the course of 2019. While 2018 was a busy year, the new year shows no signs of losing any momentum, with plans for substantial progress on the GO Bond projects, completion of the Student Housing facility and O’Dell Center for Athletics at Ottawa University, a grand opening of the new Hilton Garden Inn hotel near the Surprise Stadium, establishment of the new Veterans, Disability and Human Services Commission, and commencement of the revitalization project for the Original Town Site (OTS), which will include beautiful new housing for some of our most vulnerable population. A new year brings new opportunities, and I could not be more excited to help make them a possibility.

In the meantime, I hope you take the opportunity to check out some of the great events the city has planned for January:

Fire Station Open House

January 5th, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Fire Station 302, 18600 N. Reems Rd.
January 19th, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Fire Station 304, 24900 N. 163rd Ave.

The Surprise Fire-Medical Department is holding an open house at City Fire Station 302, 18600 N. Reems Rd., and Fire Station 304, 24900 N. 163rd Ave. Residents can come out and meet the firefighters, check out the living and eating quarters, walk through the bays and see the fire trucks! Attendees will also get a look at the medical equipment, firefighting gear and tools used on emergency calls.

For more information, please call the Surprise Fire-Medical Department administration line at 623.222.5000.

Sunday in the Park – January 6th, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Mark Coronado Park

Bring the whole family to enjoy live music by Blaine Long & Rosas Del Rey and a selection of food trucks. The best part is that admission is free!

AZ Humanities – The Woman Who Shot Cowboys: Rodeo Photographer Louise L. Serpa – January 9th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers

Speaker: Jan Cleere
Anyone who has ever stared down an angry bull coming full throttle across an arena will understand why rodeo photographer Louise Serpa often uttered the adage, “Never Don’t Pay Attention.” Born into New York society, Louise ended up out west with her nose buried in the dirt & her eye glued to a camera, becoming the first woman to venture inside the arena and shoot some of the most amazing photographs of rodeo action. The dust and dirt of the rodeo became Louise’s lifeblood for almost 50 years. This PowerPoint program demonstrates the courage and resolute of a woman determined to decide her own fate while ascending to the highest pinnacles of rodeo photography.

Lunchtime Theater – Phoenix Opera: Till There Was You – January 17th, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Arts HQ

Hear two young “Stars“ Marcus Smith and Anna-Lisa Hackett in some of your favorite songs and duets from the world of Broadway, Opera, and Operetta!

For reservations call 623.584.2626

Lunch & Learn: Marketing Trends for 2019 – January 24th, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at AZ TechCelerator

Join us for an information packed seminar on what marketing trends are projected to rule in 2019! From content marketing to AI, we’ve got a lot to talk about.

Public Art Bus Tour – January 26th, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Departing from City Hall

Join the Surprise Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission as they tour local artist Joe Tyler’s home and studio! Please bring a sack lunch and be prepared to walk through rugged terrain. The bus ride and admission are free.

Please note that City offices will be closed Monday, January 21st in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

In closing, I would like to wish everyone a very happy New Year full of health, happiness, and many new adventures!

District 2 Update – December 2018

The New Year is right around the corner, and with the holiday season comes lots of time with family, friends, and loved ones. Please try and visit one (or all!) of the many incredible activities planned in the city.

Surprise Party – December 1st, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Surprise Recreation Campus

Live music by SMASHED, Car show, arts and crafts festival, pony and camel rides, roaming entertainment, petting zoo, great food and more! Admission is free with a canned food or toy donation to benefit Sanderson Ford Operation Santa!

Lunchtime Theater – ProMusica Holiday Concert – December 6th, 12 – 1 p.m. at Arts HQ

The Women in Song vocal ensemble and accompanist perform your favorite holiday songs! For reservations call 623.584.2626.

Tech the Halls Holiday Open House – December 6th, 5 – 7 p.m. at the AZ Techcelerator

The AZ TechCelerator’s 3rd Annual “Tech the Halls” Holiday Open House, showcasing the groundbreaking tech evolving at the business incubator, will open to the public from 5–7 p.m., on Thursday, Dec. 6 at the AZ TechCelerator campus.

AZ Humanities – Dauntless Courage and Boundless Ambition: The Life of Buckey O’Neill – December 12th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers

Speaker: Kevin Schindler
Buckey O’Neill was one of Arizona’s legendary pioneers, even author William MacLeod Raine called him “the most many-sided man Arizona has produced”. Before dying in Cuba while serving as one of Theodore Roosevelt’s Rough Riders, O’Neill made his mark in Arizona as a newspaper editor, sheriff, mayor, and prospector, among other professions. Whether chasing train robbers across the Arizona’s frontier, promoting the Grand Canyon as a tourist destination, or reforming education practices while serving as school superintendent, he lived with an eye toward helping Arizona mature from an untamed western territory to a creditable state.

Sunday in the Park – December 16th, 12 – 4 p.m. at Surprise Stadium

Bring the whole family to enjoy live music by Dirt Road Kings and a selection of food trucks. The best part is that admission is free!

Poetry Slam – December 21st, 6 – 8 p.m. at WHAM

This event features open mic night for poetry, free verse, and storytelling! All are welcome to participate as performers and/or listeners. Any established or original pieces may be read. This is a free event and open to the public! No registration required.

I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome back our winter visitors and remind you all of the distracted driving ordinance that went into effect a few months back. The ordinance makes it illegal to use a mobile communication device – such as a cell phone – while driving, UNLESS it is in hands-free mode, or the driver is contacting emergency personnel for emergency reasons. Under the law, violators will be subject to a $250 fine when cited by officers. This is another friendly reminder to be safe on the roads and to Drive Wise, Surprise!

Please note that City offices will be closed December 25th in observance of Christmas Day. Wishing you a wonderful holiday season, and a happy new year!

District 2 Update – November 2018

It’s hard to believe that we are already entering holiday season 2018! It seems like just yesterday that we were counting down the clock to celebrate the New Year. With so much action occurring over the course of 2018, it’s no wonder time has seemingly flown by. As this year draws to a close, we’re showing no signs of slowing down our activities. If you have family and friends in town, be sure to bring them to some of the great festivities the city has planned throughout November:

AZ Humanities – Specters of the Past: Arizona’s Ghost Towns – November 7th, 11:00 a.m. in the City Council Chambers

Speaker: Jay Mark

The promise of unimagined riches is what brought many of the earliest colonizers to the Arizona Territory. Following the trail to the discovery of the mother lode, they built, then dismantled and finally abandoned communities when mines played out – leaving behind tantalizing clues of difficult hardships. Some towns survived like Bisbee, Jerome, Tombstone and Oatman. Most disappeared, gradually becoming absorbed back into the desert from which they arose. This presentation explores more than a decade of historian Jay Mark’s journeys to these fascinating ghost places, along with their stories – long-forgotten places like Charleston, Contention City, Mowry, Fairbank, Gleeson and Congress.

Veterans Day Parade – November 12th, Pancake Breakfast from 7 – 9 a.m., Parade starts at 9:30 a.m.

Join us as we honor the service and sacrifices of our Veterans at the 4th Annual Veterans Day Parade. All activities will take place along Bullard Avenue, near Surprise Stadium. Please note that city offices will be closed in observance of Veterans Day.

Police and Fire-Medical Charity Softball Game – November 12th at Surprise Stadium. Gates open at approximately 10:30 a.m., game begins at 11:30 a.m.

Immediately following the Veterans Day Parade, the Surprise Police and Fire-Medical Departments will face off in a charity softball game. Admission is free, and food will be provided; however, donations will be accepted and will benefit the 100 Club, Special Olympics Arizona, and the Marine Corps League.

Sunday in the Park – November 18th, 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Surprise Stadium

Bring the whole family to enjoy live music by 80’s cover band Flashback and a selection of food trucks, including one from local brewery State 48! The best part is that admission is free!

Surprise Party – November 30th & December 1st at Surprise Recreation Campus

Admission is free with a canned food or toy donation to benefit Sanderson Ford Operation Santa! November 30th, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. It’s time to party in Surprise! Live music by The Chadwicks, Balloon glow (weather permitting), skydivers, tree lighting ceremony, Santa’s workshop, roaming entertainment, and fireworks.

December 1st, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Live music by SMASHED, Car show, arts and crafts festival, pony and camel rides, roaming entertainment, petting zoo, great food and more!

I hope you and your family are able to make it to some or all of the events! Please note that City offices will be closed November 12th in observance of Veterans Day, and November 22nd and 23rd in observance of Thanksgiving Day. Have a safe and happy holiday season!

District 2 Update – October 2018

I’d like to begin this month’s message by thanking the voters of Surprise for participating in the August Primary Election. Every vote matters and I hope you realize that.

I encourage everyone to educate themselves on who is running and what is being placed on the ballot, in order to make an informed vote for the November 6th General Election. To view all of the ballot issues visit https://azsos.gov/elections/2018-publicity-pamphlet.

If you’re not already registered to vote, registration forms can be found at Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) Offices, the Post Office, or in the Clerk’s Office at Surprise City Hall. Voter registration deadline is 29 days before Election Day, which in the case of the General Election would be midnight, October 9th. If you would like to check the status of your records, I encourage you to call the Maricopa County Recorder’s office at (602) 506-1511.

On a non-election topic, I feel it important to inform Sun City Grand residents about a potential change in water utility rates through EPCOR. The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) has ordered EPCOR to either keep their 11 water districts separate, or consolidate them into one district. Consolidation would allow for consistent rates across the board and would produce cost savings for EPCOR, which would translate to us, the customer. If the consolidation happens, our rates will see a slight increase initially, then decrease over the next 5 years, ultimately landing at a rate consistent with the remaining water districts through EPCOR; based the average water consumption of 7,000 gallons with ¾ inch pipe, that would be $41.45 monthly at the end of the 5th year. Based on the same calculations, if the districts remain separate then our monthly rate would average $47.01. As of this writing, a decision has not been finalized, but if you would like to view more information on EPCOR’s rate consolidation case, please visit www.epcor.com/waterconsolidation.

I also remind you this is the time of year when the temperatures cool and our city has so many fun outdoor activities planned for you, your family and friends to enjoy!

  • Come cheer on our Ottawa University (OUAZ) football team at Spirit Field in the Civic Center Complex. Support your local team! The October home games are scheduled for October 6 vs. Arizona Christian and October 13 vs. Texas College. Game times are 7 p.m.
  • Our signature street-festival, Surprise Fiesta Grande, kicks off on October 13! Enjoy live music, food trucks and more from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. next to our Senior Center on Hollyhock Street.
  • The Sunday in the Park Food Truck Festival at Mark Coronado Park is October 21 from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Our Arts Scene lights up this fall with a public arts bus tour, Sunset Theater, Lunchtime Theater performances and Wham’s Poetry Slam all set for this month. Get the details at surpriseaz.gov/arts.

And finally as our new distracted driving ordinance goes into effect, please remember to obey all traffic rules, drive safely and stay vigilant as more traffic will be in our neighborhoods and on our city streets as we welcome our Winter Visitors!

D2 September News Update

Sixteen years ago, I came to Surprise from the San Francisco Bay area in search of a peaceful and tranquil retirement. There was something so special and incredibly unique about Surprise that drew me to ultimately relocate here, and that decision has afforded me so many blessings. The best gift that Surprise provided to me came in the form of my dear husband Jim, and the time that we were fortunate to have together. Although he is no longer with us, his spirit lives on and I am constantly reminded of the beautiful times we had together. Surprise allowed us to enjoy our retirement through its diverse offerings and inclusivity, most specifically through the various age-restricted communities.

For these reasons and more, I am proud to call Sun City Grand my home. With its world-class golf courses and luxurious amenities, it truly is a gem. It is no surprise to me then, that 55places.com, as part of its annual survey, ranked Sun City Grand as the 4th best 55+ Community in the United States for 2018. The website noted the amenities, activities, golf courses, and modern floor plans as the main draw for retirees. What makes this all the more impressive is that over 2,000 communities are featured on the website! If that’s not impressive, I don’t know what is.

I believe that this accomplishment is not only a testament to the greatness of Sun City Grand, but to Surprise as a whole! Surprise has always been an amazing city to live in, but it is at a turning point where so many new and great things are happening. Because of all these exciting developments, we continue to attract individuals and families to settle in Surprise for the long-term. As such, I feel that it is my duty to promote measures that make it a safe and desirable place to live.

Last month, my colleagues and I approved the Distracted Driving Ordinance, which goes into effect this week. Essentially, the ordinance makes it illegal to use a mobile communication device – such as a cell phone – while driving, unless it is in hands-free mode, or the driver is contacting emergency personnel for emergency reasons. Under the law, violators will be subject to a $250 fine when cited by officers. I feel that this measure was long overdue, and will bring an additional layer of safety to drivers here in Surprise.

This ordinance is a positive step in the right direction, and could not have been made possible without the dedicated work of our public safety officials in the Surprise Police Department, and the approval of my colleagues on the City Council. I hope we all take this opportunity to be more mindful of how we drive and interact with the roads throughout Surprise. As Police Chief Terry Young stated, “no text message or phone call is worth risking a collision.”

From the moment I stepped into office, traffic safety was a top priority of mine, and I will continue to work alongside Chief Young to discover new ways of preventing more tragedies from occurring. I would be remiss not to mention how much the March pedestrian fatality shook the Sun City Grand community, and the Surprise community as a whole and I hope laws like this and continued efforts to push our Drive Wise, Surprise safe-driving campaign will prevent future accidents.

I would love to discuss traffic safety issues with you. Please give me a call anytime at (623) 222-1322, or email me at Nancy.Hayden@surpriseaz.gov. I would also love to speak with you in-person at one of my district meetings – either the 2nd Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. at Arizona Traditions Neighborhood Center, or the 4th Tuesday from 10-11 a.m. at the Sun City Grand Palm Center, Mediterranean Room.